Dr. Beckham’s expertise includes polymers and textiles, organic and physical chemistry, fiber science, coloration, plastic degradation and stabilization, and material characterization. He is experienced in material design and development, patent analysis, testing of materials and test method development, material selection and formulation, and failure analysis.

He has applied his expertise and experience to a broad range of issues related to plastics, adhesives, membranes, paints and coatings, stains and finishes, tires, porous polymers, foams, carpets, fabrics, fibers, nonwovens, cardboard, diapers and other absorbent materials, hydrogels, nanomaterials, food emulsions, food packaging, caulking and sealants, roofing materials, insulation, siding and other building components


Ph.D., 1991, Polymer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., 1986, Textile Chemistry, Auburn University

"Surface Modification by Electrostatic Self-Assembly followed by Covalent Fixation", Angewandte Chemie 201251, 1849-1852; M Foston, C Hubbell, D-Y Park, F Cook, Y Tezuka, HW Beckham.

"Control of Microfluidic Flow in Amphiphilic Fabrics", ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 20113(10), 3796-3803; T Owens, J Leisen, HW Beckham, V Breedveld.

"Ring Polymers: Effective Isolation and Unique Properties", In Complex Macromolecular Architectures: Synthesis, Characterization, and Self-Assembly, N Hadjichristidis, Y Tezuka, A Hirao, F Du Prez, Eds.; John Wiley and Sons, 2011, pp 791-821; HW Beckham.

"Formation of Single-Walled Aluminosilicate Nanotubes from Molecular Precursors and Curved Nanoscale Intermediates", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011133, 5397-5412; G Yucelen, R Choudhury, A Vyalikh, U Scheler, HW Beckham, S Nair.

"Fluid Distribution and Movement in Engineered Fibrous Substrates by Magnetic Resonance Microscopy", In Magnetic Resonance Microscopy: Spatially Resolved NMR Techniques and Applications, S Codd, J Seymour, Eds.; Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2009, pp 399-419; J Leisen and HW Beckham.

"Reactive-Ionic Dyeing of Films and Fibers via Ionic Assembly and Covalent Fixation", AATCC Review 2009, 9(5), 43-47; CA Hubbell, HW Beckham, FL Cook.